Day in history for December 5, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
At the Island City Hotel we noticed one table entirely surrounded with Quakers. Their quaint but rich dresses were an object of attraction and their quiet modest ways much admired.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Davenport sawmills, except for Schricker And Muller's, have shut down for the season.

1904 -- 100 years ago
P.F. Meenan was elected Supreme Knight of Council No. 53, Knights of Father Matthew.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Bernice McBride, 11, leads in The Argus vote contest to choose a Little Queen to ride with Santa Claus.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A 7-hour traffic tie-up was broken at 6 o'clock this morning on Routes 2 and 92, five miles east of Silvis, after a fleet of Peter Pan Bakery pickup trucks came to the rescue of a company tractor-trailer unit which had overturned, dumping tons of bakery goods on the road.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Lynn and Bruce Duffy have spent the past six months on a 28,000 mile trek through the 48 continental United States, Canada and Mexico. The former East Moline residents have been visiting Bruce's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Duffy, 1117 38th Ave., East Moline, for two weeks, and will set out on the last leg of their cross-country travels Wednesday.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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